ERIC Number: ED246597
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Effect of Object Preference on Sign Learnability by Severely and Profoundly Retarded Children: A Pilot Study.
Kahn, James V.; And Others
The study investigated the effect of object preference on the learning of signs by 12 severely and profoundly retarded children (4-7 years old). Signs were chosen that were two-handed, symmetrical, and abstract. Training of each sign consisted of 10 individual training sessions using operant techniques. Results revealed no differences in the learning of signs for preferred versus nonpreferred objects. Three possible reasons for the findings (small sample size, none of the objects were most highly valued, and the use of operant techniques) are offered. (Author/CL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Illinois State Dept. of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, Springfield.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Portions of this research were presented at the Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities (16th, Gatlinburg, TN, March 16-18, 1983).